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In the fall the band and color guard perform at every varsity football game to provide music in the stands and also perform at half-time.
In the winter and spring we are a concert band. The Concert Band is an ensemble studying and performing literature composed and arranged specifically for ensembles made of woodwinds, brass and percussion. The Concert Band is similar to the Symphonic Orchestra minus the strings.
In the winter and spring the color guard students continue building their skills with body movement (dance), and equipment (flags, rifles, sabers). Some years the color guard will prepare a choreographed routine which will be used in public performances and weekend competitions.
SUPPLY LIST: Band students are expected to have access to their own instrument and maintain the instrument in clean, functioning condition. All miscellaneous items such as reeds, mouthpieces, neck straps, mutes, binders for music, etc… are the student’s responsibility. Certain school instruments, usually large or rare ones, are available for use.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE/LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the completion of the year, the student will: a. develop an understanding of rhythm, and apply this skill to individual and ensemble playing b. learn to better recognize correct intonation within the ensemble as related to his/her own playing c. gain a greater understanding of musical style and historical context of the music being performed d. participate in a fulfilling musical performance
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance in rehearsal is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend every scheduled class meeting. 40% of the students’ grades is based on daily participation. 40% of the students’ grades is based on participating in performances. Notice of an absence from a scheduled performance must be given a minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled performance. An example of a legitimate reason for missing a performance would be a family event that can’t be rescheduled. An example of an unacceptable reason for missing a performance would be an SAT prep class. Naturally, if a student misses a performance due to unforeseen circumstances, we will plan a make-up assignment for any missed performance.
GRADING CRITERIA/GRADE SCALE Class attendance and preparation 40% Performance attendance 40% Playing tests 20% Final Grade is based on the following scale: A= 90-100% B= 80-89% C= 70-79% D= 60-69% F= Below 60% REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS: Occasionally the band and possibly color guard students will be tested for a grade on a portion of the music or routine they have been learning. In the event that we have these “tests” the students are given advance notice to prepare. 20% of the students’ grades are based on graded performance “tests”.
QUESTIONS: This syllabus is only an outline of the course of study. If you should have any questions regarding any of the topics mentioned above, I will be happy to discuss them with you. No question is unimportant, and I look forward to working with you.
Color Guard FAQ’s
What is Color Guard?
Color Guard is a high energy group of dancers that use props to help in their interpretation of music through Choreography. During the fall, Color Guard works in conjunction with Marching Band to provide exciting half time Field Shows. We provide school spirit performing at home varsity football games at half-time or when the game has ended. During the winter and spring, we operate as Winter Guard – a stand - alone indoor competitive team.
Does Color Guard take place during regular class hours?
Yes. Color Guard meets 5 days a week during 6th period. Students receive either P.E. Credit or Elective Credit for their participation in this sport. Regular practices after school are also a required part of this class.
What is the time Commitment for Color Guard/Winter Guard?
Attendance in our school’s mandatory Summer Marching Corps Practices is usually the 3rd week of August, Monday - Friday, from 9 AM - 4 PM. Once the school year begins, in addition to 6th period class, they will have practices from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and attendance at all Varsity football games, home and away. The first week of December the team switches into Winter Guard mode. Here they will continue their 6th Period class and after school practices to be determined through the end of winter guard season in April. In addition, we have 1-2 performances on campus, usually in conjunction with the Concert Band Concerts in the late winter and late spring to perform for family, community and school members.
What Fees are associated with CG/WG?
The fee for Color Guard Practice in June is approximately $_____ Color Guard team members pay the same price as Marching Band Members for their Fall Season - Currently $200 which covers the cost of school Band Practice in August, group activities for fun and team building, Specialized Walk on Coaches that are not covered by school staffing, and many other items provided by the music booster club. Uniforms (informal/warm-ups) and equipment are an additional $15-$175 depending on what is needed. In addition, ALL students in any sport or activity are requested to pay a “Participation Donation” to help defray the cost of transportation to events – currently this fee for Marching Band and Color Guard is $250.00. Students who elect to continue on to compete as Winter Guard will be asked for similar fee (Approximately $850) again to cover the cost of extra coaching, uniforms and equipment (Just as the Marching Band members who opt to compete in Winter Percussion need to pay those fees as well).
Can my Child participate in another sport or activity and CG/WG as well?
Yes – as long as there is not a direct conflict. Football players cannot also participate in marching Band/Color Guard for example.